Senator Barnaby Joyce urged dairy farmers to use their numbers in addressing industry issues, at the Tongala crisis meeting.
‘‘When I look out here, I see people who have done more for their nation than what their nation has asked of you: you have scraped a living out of the earth, you have built a property up, you have built up our nation; our nation is made of Australian families on Australian farms,’’ Senator Barnaby Joyce told dairy farmers.
‘‘Our nation is not a nation where we will be swinging off the spanner of corporate farms.
‘‘It is unconscionable that someone can hold you, exploit you, by having excessive market power when you have none.’’
Senator Joyce criticised the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and said his party would cap irrigation buy-backs.
He warned of the political realities of getting change for agriculture.
‘‘You can have all the beautiful arguments in the world, but you must have the numbers, because numbers rule the day. You’ve got to have 76 out of 150 in the lower house or you haven’t have a hope .
He urged farmers to be strong in their resolve.
‘‘I think French farmers are great, they are great people because they stand up for what they believe in,’’ he said.
‘‘We have to make sure we stand up for what we believe in. We have to make sure we strive for agendas we can deliver an outcome on, simple ones like proper country of origin on labelling.’’
He said he had serious concerns about the extent of foreign ownership of farmland and water licences going overseas.
Senator Joyce urged dairy farmers to band together with other farm commodity groups to ensure they weren’t picked off by big interests.
He said he had fought for changes to the Competition and Consumer Act to get a fairer deal for farmers and small businesses.
Performers at Shepparton-based Amy Newton Dance Studio hit the stage for two television-themed performances at the weekend.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
More than 100 ex-battery and free-range hens now call Marie Traill's Timmering property home.
The Elmore Events Centre Events are confident it will get $500,000 grant from the Federal Government.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Carolling voices rang out across Goulburn Park for the annual Seymour Carols by Candlelight on Sunday.
The Finley Regional Care Christmas fundraiser is on again. The Monster Christmas stocking raffle is filled with Christmas gifts and goodies including hampers, chocolates, wine, gift certificates and more.
Heathcote Health officially opened its new office and launched its new service plan on Friday.
The alfresco area at Cobram's Bottom Pub, known as The Palms, will be relaunched on Friday night after an eight-month closure.
Deniliquin's Heritage Fabrics owners Joy Spence and Gill SMith are calling it a day.
The costs of growing grain in the southern cropping region don’t look like falling any time soon, meaning farmers and business managers need to be mindful of keeping farm expenses in check.
Residents are encouraged to shop locally this festive season while getting invovled with celebrations across Benalla.
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